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Volunteering at the Ames Public Library

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Ames Public Library has a variety of volunteer positions available for adults, teenagers, and families who are interested in making a positive impact on the Ames community and its quality of life. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. The positions all require a commitment of at least one year unless otherwise noted.  If you are looking for a temporary placement for a SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS, COMMUNITY SERVICE, or other short term obligation, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator.  Also, if you have a particular interest or skill area not listed here, please talk to the Volunteer Services Coordinator about other potential opportunities.



This volunteer will assist our Inventory Specialist in assessing and pricing donated materials to be sold in our used book store, Literary Grounds. We anticipate that this would require 3-4 hours a week with a flexible schedule. Some book store retail experience would be ideal but certainly not required.


Be a part of an exciting research program centered on early literacy and communication skills. Free childcare is provided for families who participate in 8 week classes and follow up meetings, and volunteers are a big part of meeting that need.  Class schedules change regularly.  Volunteers are currently needed 5:30-7:30 on Mondays.


APL had embarked on a new tutoring program for students in 3rd grade or older who are struggling with reading challenges such as dyslexia. You will be assigned one student and will meet together at APL once a week. You will be assisting them through the multi-level Barton Reading System. Training is provided. A background in education is not required but you should feel comfortable providing compassionate guidance and individual instruction to students.


A volunteer is needed on Wednesdays from 10:30-12:30 to assist with our MAKER MORNING program. You will assist children of all ages with a preplanned craft during this drop-in program. You do not have to be proficient in crafting, just enjoy easy craft activities with kids!                                                           


Come join a wonderful team of volunteers who help our used book store, Literary Grounds, raise funds to support library programming, materials, and services.  This fun position requires at least one two hour shift per week; a variety of shifts need to be filled both during weekdays and weekends. Duties include simple cashiering and coffee preparation.  Applicants for this position must have good customer service skills and accurate money counting skills. 


Assist Customer Service staff in a variety of activities including simple shelving, pulling requested materials, inventory, withdrawing, etc. Shifts are generally two hours.  Current openings are: Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 9:00-11:00.


There’s a lot to do to keep this building beautiful! Custodial shifts are 7:30-9:00 am and primarily will involve vacuuming and light clean up. Minimum commitment will only be one morning a week. 




If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Bohlke at or 239-5663.


There are other areas of volunteer needs not listed here including special projects and events, so please ask about opportunities that may be of more interest to you. 

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For more information, call (515) 239-5663 or e-mail